Do you go nuts over nuts and seeds like I do? I love how versatile nuts and seeds are, especially how quick and easy they are for a nutritious snack and a great addition to your recipes.

 Nuts contain many vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, B6, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese and selenium. They are high in good fats, low in carbs and contain dietary fibre. Nuts are full of protein and also contain phytochemicals that are a great source of antioxidants.

Seeds, like nuts, are full of fibre, high in protein and contain healthy fats. Seeds also contain vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B1, B2, B3 and E. They contain minerals like nuts, such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and zinc.

 There are many benefits to incorporating nuts and seeds into your diet. Some of the benefits are:

  • Regulate your weight
  • Manage inflammation throughout your body
  • Maintain the normal structures of your cells
  • Can reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Lowers the bad cholesterol (LDL) in your body
  • Slows your rate of digestion
  • Promotes regular bowel movements
  • Can reduce the risk of diabetes
  • Nourishes your red blood cells
  • Maintains brain function

 You can add nuts and seeds into your diet in many ways. Some suggestions are:

  • A handful as a snack
  • Spread nut and seed butters on grain free bread
  • Have Paleo Muesli or Granola for breakfast or dessert
  • Add nuts and seeds to your favourite salads
  • Add nuts and seeds to grain free muffins, cakes and slices
  • Make paleo grain free bread
  • Make cheeses out of cashew or macadamia nuts

 I love to make cashew cheese dip and it only takes 10 minutes to make minus the time it takes to soak the cashews. I would love to share this quick and delicious recipe with you.

Cashew Cheese Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked for at least 4 hours or overnight, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt more as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • 1/4 cup of filtered water more if mixture is a little thick

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse process until all ingredients form a grainy meal consistency, making sure you scrape the sides after each pulse.

Once you have a meal consistency turn the processor on and add the filtered water. Stop processor every so often scraping down the sides and continue to process until smooth.

Serve with your favourite Kitz Living Foods seed crackers.

Store any left over cashew cheese in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.

You can find some of the ingredients for this recipe in our store. We stock organic, vegan, activated nuts and seeds by 2Die4foods.

Activated nuts and seeds are nuts and seeds that have been soaked in water and salt for a period of time to start the germination or sprouting process. This process increases the nutrient value and makes the nuts and seeds more easily digestible.

We also stock brands such as Kitz Living Foods, Lotus and The Chia Food Co.